"One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple."
We have read the desire of converted King David. He desired one important thing of the Lord. "That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life to behold the beauty of the Lord and to enquire in his temple." After conversion, I believe, everyone will choose Jesus Christ to sit at His feet and learn of Him. They would desire to be with Jesus always, looking at Jesus taking in the beauty and the holiness of Jesus Christ. They would want to be talking to Jesus Christ, all the time. They want answers to their queries and solutions to their problems. King David consulted God for every problem that arose in his life and every situation he faced in his kingdom. He was walking with God and talking with God all the time. He would get up early in the morning with a great longing to see the beauty of God and to enjoy His presence. Three times a day, he would pray. As a King with great responsibilities, he would still make time to pray in the morning, afternoon and in the evening. The beauty of God would so thrill his soul that he would wake up at night to praise God. He would praise God, seven times a day. Some of the converted people here are saying, they feel sleepy in prayer. They say they sleep in prayer. They desire to sleep. I cannot understand them, because here it is said about Mary, "She has chosen to sit at the feet of Jesus Christ and learn and that will not be taken away from her."
After my conversion, I desired nothing but Jesus Christ. There was with us a
converted sister, Sister Jamaiamma. She used to spend
long hours in prayer. I used to wonder, with family responsibilities and my
work as a teacher, how can I spend so much time with God? But since I had
chosen Jesus Christ, He spoke to me and said, "You spend two and a half
hours each day with me in prayer. I was able to spend one hour in the morning,
one hour in the evening, and half an hour in the afternoon, alone with God in
prayer. God blessed me during these times. Then, family
prayer with my children and prayer with my husband. Like that our hearts
were longing to be in the presence of Jesus. So also it was with King David. He
followed God very carefully. King Saul also was converted, but he did not have
such longings to be with the Lord. He was even given the gift of prophecy and have the privilege of being with prophets. But he never practised spending time alone with the Lord. David would
always get answers for his prayers. He was able to please God. His heart
overflowed with praise to God all the days of his life. He had many revelations
from God. After his conversion
I chose to sit at the feet of Jesus Christ many years ago. My desire was
granted. That gift of seeing the beauty of Jesus and learning of Him, God, has
not taken away till now. I am sharing an recent
experience for you. Many of us were present at the funeral of Mrs. Philip.
Since the time she gave her heart to Jesus Christ, she loved Him. She brought
up her two daughters for God and she was always trying to help souls in need.
She lived for sometime close to our Headquarters. She used to share her
problems with me and we used to have fellowship together in prayer. She was
just eleven months younger to me. She was unwell. She wanted to talk to me. We
went to visit her house. She was talking to us as usual and sharing the burdens
that lay on her heart. She said, as we were talking the presence of God
descended on her. Then she said, there was still some
pride in her heart. She had to humble herself and set right certain matters.
She lived a beautiful life. As she was talking I understood that she would be
taken away soon. So as I left I kissed her and took leave of her. In a short
time, she had an opportunity to apologise to the one
she felt she had offended. Thus walking with God, she went into the presence of
God. If our desire is, "I must be with Jesus and must learn of Jesus, I
must live Jesus," these desires will be fulfilled. David,